This week hasn’t been the greatest for me.
A month ago I was asked to join a team for a worship night at my church with the worship leader and his friends. We were practicing for this evening of worship for four weeks when this past week, I got a terrible cold—which gave me this horrible cough. I was discouraged all week because, well, I couldn’t necessarily sing due to my voice going in and out from all the coughing. The morning of the worship night, I woke up to my eye crusted over and red. All I could think of was great, first my voice and now my eye. I was already struggling. I felt defeated and spent most of that morning in tears. I was sad because this was something I wanted to be a part of, but felt like it was close to impossible.
As soon as I realized that I was letting Satan win, allowing him to rob me of this joy God wants me to have for an evening about Him, I wiped away those tears and stared at my red-eyed self in the mirror and whispered, “I trust You, Jesus.” The few words that can be hard to say in a moment of defeat.
I was getting ready to do something for God, to praise and worship Him, to be a light for others. And Satan attacked my health to try and prevent me from going on that stage, grabbing my guitar, and drawing my lips to the microphone to sing. Not only was he attacking me in this way, but my sister and everyone around me who was relying on me.
I wasn’t about to let Satan win and have power over this night. So, I walked up those steps, looked Satan in the eye and said, “Not today, Satan. Not today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year. You will never prevent me from doing something for God. So come attack me whenever you please, but remember that I am, and will always be, a child of God.”
I proclaimed that truth and decided not to let Satan win. He even tried tripping me up—literally. There were moments when I almost fell, and I kept forgetting chords. He tried everything so I would give up. But I didn’t care, and I wasn’t going to let frustration overtake me because I knew that God was going to do something phenomenal that evening. I wasn’t going to give up and let the enemy win. Instead, I fell to my knees in praise and worship for my Lord and Savior.
When you let Satan prevent you from doing what God wants you to do, you miss out on how He’s going to use you. I’m so glad that I didn’t let what was happening to me to prevent me from doing what God wanted me to do, and I want to encourage you to do the same.
I don’t know what you’re going through, what battle you’re fighting or what situation you’re struggling with, but I want you to know that God is right there. He is encouraging you to keep going even though Satan keeps putting up roadblocks and planting seeds of doubt with every step you take.
Keep moving forward.
Keep putting your faith and trust in God.
Keep proclaiming that you are a child of God and nothing and no man will get in the way of the perfect plan He has set out before you. Go ahead, walk straight through this storm and keep proclaiming these truths, and show Satan that he is messing with the wrong person.
God bless, and I’m praying for you.
Aliseea P. Cromer
I am surrounded, by the arms of the Father. I am surrounded, with songs of deliverance. We’ve been liberated, from our bondage. We’re the sons and the daughters. Let us sing our freedom!
You split the sea so I could walk right through it. My fears were drowned in perfect love. You rescued me and I will stand and sing, I am a child of God!
No Longer Slaves, Bethel Music.